Plumbing has changed a lot as an industry in the last 20 years. It can be hard to notice for outsiders, but you'd be surprised how much of a role technology plays in the average plumbing job. A few decades ago, people would have scoffed at the idea of infrared-activated flushing, but now there are millions of those in public spaces like airports and stadiums throughout the country. As home plumbers, we've felt the change as well. In this blog, we'll explain a few of the more modern techniques we use that rely on new technologies so that we can get the job done for you.
For years, plumbers couldn't see the problems they were trying to fix without making invasive repairs. You had to rely on experience and your limited toolbox to get the job done. This made something as simple as clearing a clog a difficult task. That has all changed in the past decade. Advancements in the camera industry have allowed us to get reliable imaging back from cameras so small that they can fit down your pipes.
This has completely changed the game. It's relatively simple to get a good clear picture of what you're dealing with. Now creating a gameplan to tackle a clog is a lot easier. What used to be an unknown is now a bit of floss caught in a pipe or a shredded up fruit peel that never should've gone down the garbage disposal. This makes it easy to pick the right follow-up tool and can help us educate our customers to prevent future clogs from the same cause.
It's no secret that clogs and leaks are the two most common plumbing problems that homeowners face. We've already talked about how cameras can help with clogs, but we haven't yet touched on how technology has allowed us to detect leaks with surgical efficiency.
Cameras have their uses with leak detection, but they can't always get a reliable look at a leak. Even a minuscule crack in your pipes can leak gallons of water every single week. If it's below your home or in your attic, you might not notice it until your home has suffered thousands of dollars of damages. We don't want that to happen, which is why we use a variety of technologies to spot leaks.
Thermal imaging is a great tool we use to spot hot water leaks hidden behind walls or floorboards. Hot water leaks are the worst kind of leaks you can get because it costs money to heat the water in the first place. By using thermal cameras, we can spot a hot water leak before it becomes a big hassle.
Electronic leak detectors are another technology that has changed the plumbing industry in recent years. There are various types of this technology, but they use a sonar-like electrical pulse that can spot precisely how far away a leak is located.
Overall, the plumbing industry is a lot more than people who know how to use a plunger and wrench. We are bringing smart technology into our trade and using it to help our customers. At the end of the day, we'll embrace whatever new technology and techniques to better serve our customers.
At Kwik Serv Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, we're here to help spot that leak or clear that clog. Feel free to call our team at (847) 232-4209 or fill out an online contact form to set up an appointment!